BlackBerry - Enzian Theater

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Hamilton, Ontario, 1996. Two mismatched entrepreneurs—quiet, nerdy genius Mike Lazaridis(Jay Baruchel,ThisIs the End) and brash, cut-throat businessman Jim Balsillie (GlennHowerton,It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)—joined forces in an endeavor that was to becomea worldwide hit in little more than a decade. The device that one of them invented and the othersold was the BlackBerry, an addictive mobile phone that changed the way the world worked andcommunicated. But just as BlackBerry was rising to new peaks, it also started losing its waythrough the fog of Smartphone wars, management indecision, and outside distractions,eventually leading to the breakdown of one of the most successful ventures in the history of thetech and business worlds. Distinguishedbyhis own brand of savage humor, triple-threat MattJohnson amazes us with this rollicking, surprisingly gripping nostalgia-fueled biopic that recallsbothThe Social Networkand HBO’sSilicon Valleyas it delivers a hubristic lesson about greedand ego. Stellar performances and an outstanding supporting cast including Cary Elwes, SaulRubinek, Michael Ironside, and Rich Sommer help make this endearingly scrappy tech-worldsatire a story for the ages.

119 minutes, 2023, Rated R, Directed by Matt Johnson

  • “Matt Johnson’s rollicking tech-world satire wins big by going small.”

    – Chris Barsanti, SLANT MAGAZINE
  • “One can imagine the film being screened for M.B.A. students as a cautionary tale—frequently very funny, but often disheartening, too.”

    – Anthony Lane, THE NEW YORKER
  • “Frantic, irreverent and endearingly scrappy, ‘BlackBerry’ spins comedy from the seat-of-their-pants launch and subsequent flame-out of ‘that phone that people had before they bought an iPhone,’ as one character puts it.”

    – Peter Debruge, VARIETY
  • “’BlackBerry’ is a clever and even thrilling look at the development, rise, and fall of a revolutionary phone.”

    – Joey Magidson, AWARDS RADAR
  • “A crisp, crackling account — lightly-fictionalized — of that Canadian phenomenon that changed the world…”

    – Roger Moore, MOVIE NATION
  • “Stellar performances…a fascinating story…’BlackBerry’ is the kind of mid-budget marvel that doesn’t seem to come around often anymore.”

    – Steph Green, INDIEWIRE
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